1142 GMT May 28, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the problems and tensions the humanity is suffering from today are the consequences of science sans ethics.
In an address to the 35th Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Monday, Raeisi highlighted the need for paying equal attention to the simultaneous promotion of science and ethics, president.ir reported.
He stressed that universities are required to be centers for promoting ethics in society and acquiring knowledge and science along with upholding ethical principles.
Science and knowledge know no boundaries, Raeisi said, noting that one can acquire them at any given place.
The president called for paying greater attention to efforts aimed at advancing science, commercializing technology-based ideas, promoting scientific justice, popularizing science and incorporating ethical principles in science, adding improving the activities of the Iranian universities and scientific centers with regard to these five areas can significantly help resolve the country’s problems in addition to addressing the society’s needs.
He described as the Islamic Republic’s prominent features paying attention to scientific efforts and research activities, noting that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has always encouraged the country’s researchers and innovators, contributing to Iranian youths’ brilliant record and performance in production of science through playing an active role in different fields.
Raeisi stressed that efforts by the country’s scientists must have palpable impacts on the people’s lives, saying Iran’s scientific development is a continuous movement, which must definitely result in the resolution of the country’s problems.
The president said new technology-based firms are the main references and places for commercializing technological and innovative achievements in the country, describing such companies as Iran’s assets.
He added Iran will achieve a spectacular result in case of increased coordination and cooperation between the country’s ministries, organizations and industrial complexes on one hand, and scientific and technology-based centers on the other.
Raeisi urged that Iranian scientific centers should take into consideration domestic, regional and international needs when defining their missions.
The president underlined the necessity of paying greater attention to promoting scientific justice in the three fields of research, education and services in the society.
In 1987, the leading Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, decided to hold an event to award Iranians’ outstanding scientific and technological achievements.
IROST proposed the creation of the Khwarizmi Award in memory of Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, the great Iranian mathematician and astronomer (770-840 CE).
In 1987, the first edition of the Khwarizmi Award called on Iranian nationals to present their outstanding scientific contributions, inventions or innovations.
As of its fifth edition, the award took on international aspects.
During the Monday ceremony, Raeisi honored laureates of the 35th KIA, including nine Iranian researchers and three foreign scientists from China, Italy, and France.